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Upcycled Cat Food Boxes for Craft Room Storage

Upcycled Cat Food Boxes

Create some easy craft room storage with upcycled cat food boxes. This is a purrr-fect way to repurpose something that would normally end up in your recycle bin.

finished upcycled cat food boxes decoupaged with scrapbook paper and used for glue stick storage

A few weeks ago I shared a makeover for some plastic storage drawers, and I continued and did even more drawers in my craft room.

Some of the drawers hold smaller items that I would like to keep separated. So I created some storage partitions for one of them by upcycling some recycling.

plastic drawer used to store messed up glue sticks

Here’s a perfect example of a drawer that needs dividers. After opening and closing, and sometimes even removing, my glue sticks drawer they tend to get a little messed up.

This wouldn’t be a problem except I like to be able to open the drawer and reach in and grab the proper glue stick without having to remove the drawer to see what I’m reaching for.

Supplies needed for upcycled cat food boxes

supplies needed to repurposed cat food cardboard boxes into craft room storage

Here are the supplies that I needed to create my glue stick storage.

Supplies needed for Upcycled Cat Food Boxes

  • Fancy Feast cat food boxes
  • scrapbook paper
  • paper cutter (optional)
  • scissors
  • packing tape
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush
  • measuring tape/ruler

When I decided to do this project, I went into my kitchen cupboards to see what I could find that would suit my repurpose.

I don’t think I really realized how many food items come in cardboard. There are so many cardboard boxes in all shapes and sizes that could be reused/repurposed/upcycled instead of putting them into the recycle bin.

After measuring the inside of my drawer I discovered that two Fancy Feast cat food boxes would fit inside perfectly. We have five cats, so we have an ongoing supply of of cat food cardboard boxes.

Preparing the cat food boxes for decoupaging

cutting the flaps from cat food cardboard box

STEP ONE: Cut the top flaps off the box.

measuring height of cat food cardboard box

STEP TWO: Measure the height of the cat food box, and the height of the inside of the plastic drawer. The box height was 3 inches, and my drawer height was 2 1/2 inches.

So I decided to cut the box to a height of 2 1/4 inches.

gently taking the cat good box apart

STEP THREE: Carefully open the bottom of the box. The bottom flaps are held together with two small dabs of glue.

cutting cat food cardboard box to size with cutter tool

STEP FOUR: Cut your box to the correct height with either a cutter like this, or you can measure and mark and cut with scissors.

Honestly, I’m finding this cutter to be pretty invaluable these days. It saves a ton of time and makes nice straight cuts.

putting cat food cardboard box back together with packing tape

STEP FIVE: Put the box back together using packing tape. The packing tape is nice and thin and won’t be noticeable beneath the scrapbook paper.

applying packing tape in the inside bottom of cat food cardboard box

Don’t forget to do the inside as well. This gives the box extra stability.

Applying scrapbook paper to cat food boxes

cutting scrapbook paper to size with cutting tool

STEP SIX: Measure the size of your box and cut your scrapbook paper pieces accordingly. The Fancy Feast boxes are 7 3/4 inches long by 5 1/4 inches wide, and I’m making them 6 inches deep.

decoupaging small pieces of scrapbook paper to outside corners of cardboard box

STEP SEVEN: Before covering my box with scrapbook paper, I cut small pieces and decoupaged them to the outside corners. This is to hide any gaps that might be seen after.

adding decoupage medium to inside of cardboard box

STEP EIGHT: Apply Mod Podge to the inside of the box.

applying scrapbook paper inside of cardboard box

STEP NINE: Put your piece of scrapbook paper in place and press it down with your fingers.

applying decoupage medium to outside of cat food cardboard box

STEP TEN: Apply Mod Podge to the outside of the box.

folding the scrapbook paper over the top and onto the outside of the cardboard box

STEP ELEVEN: Fold the scrapbook paper over and gently press in place.

pressing down on the inside of the cardboard box after applying scrapbook paper to the outside

STEP TWELVE: Press the inside of the box to smooth out the scrapbook paper on the outside.

Then add a little MP to the bottom of the box, and fold the rest of the paper over. Then do the same with the other three sides.

bottom of decoupaged cardboard box

Here’s what the bottom looks like when it’s all done.

inside of decoupaged cardboard box

And here’s what the box looks like with all four sides done.

Now I needed to add something to the inside bottom.

Creating a bottom insert for the decoupaged cat food box

applying decoupage medium to piece of cardboard

STEP ONE: The Fancy Feast boxes come with a cardboard insert that separates the two layers of cans, but they’re too small to cover the bottom completely. So I cut a piece of miscellaneous cardboard to size, and covered one side with MP.

You could of course just MP a piece of scrapbook paper on its own, but the cardboard piece does add an extra layer of stability to the box.

placing piece of cardboard onto piece of scrapbook paper

STEP TWO: Once you have your piece of cardboard, place it down on a piece of scrapbook paper and press it in place.

cutting the corners of scrapbook paper to size of cardboard

STEP THREE: Cut the corners to make it easier to fold the paper over.

applying decoupage medium to the inside bottom of cardboard box

STEP FOUR: Apply some MP to the bottom of the box.

After you’ve folded the paper ends over the cardboard insert, it might curl a little while it’s waiting to be put in place. That’s perfectly ok. It’ll straighten out once it’s in place.

letting decoupage cardboard boxes dry and cure for 24 hours

STEP FIVE: Put the bottom insert in place, pressing it down firmly all over. Then let it dry for about 30 minutes. Once the top of your insert feels dry to the touch, put some weight on it to hold the insert down for a couple of hours while it adheres underneath.

Then add a top coat all over your boxes and place to dry. I sat my boxes on the pieces that I cut away.

finished upcycled cat food boxes decoupaged with scrapbook paper and used for glue stick storage

And here are my upcycled cat food boxes in place in my plastic storage drawer.

They are just the perfect size, and they look pretty too.

plastic drawer used to store messed up glue sticks

So here’s the before of my messed up glue stick drawer again.

decoupaged cat food boxes repurposed as glue stick storage

And the new and improved after. Now my glue sticks are so nicely and neatly in place. No more getting mixed up with each other.

I tend to use my low temp mini glue gun most of the time, so I put the mini glue sticks in the front.

glue sticks stored in upcycled cat food boxes inside plastic drawer in craft room

These plastic storage drawers are right above my desk. So when I need a glue stick I just open the drawer and reach in and grab one without even having to look. And more importantly, not having to remove the drawer.

This was such a fun project and even though there are quite a few steps, it was super easy. And I used just 3 1/2 scrapbook pages from my $4 dollar store 50 sheet scrapbook paper pad. So this project cost me about 30 cents.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.

Upcycled and decoupaged cat food boxes into storage

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Debra Hubbs says:

    I think this is the most thrifty project I’ve ever seen and I love how organized all your supplies are and the pretty papers on all the fronts of the boxes.

    1. Thanks very much Debra! There are so many ways that we can decorate things without it costing a lot of money. And it’s a lot of fun too.

  2. I have drawers like these, still in the…..frame? What would you call what they come in? Anyway, I’ve taken 2 different sizes, one with larger drawers, and now have a standing cubby with 3 large (deep) drawers and 4 small ones. Don’t know what I’d do without this thing! But I DO know what I’ll be doing with it in the future! I’m waiting for an apartment to come available so I can move. When I do, I’ll have a dedicated craft/sewing room and I want to decorate it just like you…..Myyyyy Wayyyyy (think the song). Yep, kiddo, you are pinned!

    1. Thanks so much Dona! I wish you good luck with the move, and it will be fun to have your own craft/sewing room.

  3. I wish the plastic bins in my office looked as pretty as yours, Tuula! I will remember this clever and inexpensive idea for dividers because mine could use several.

    1. Thanks Marie! I’ve been working on making my craft room/office a nicer environment to work in. I’m more productive when I work in a pretty space.